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Certificate III in Health Services Assistance

Course Code HLT33115

  • Full Time
  • 5 months
  • On Campus
  • Moorabbin

This course is not available for International Students

Free TAFE Course

You may be eligible to study this course for FREE.


Study the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance to become a health services assistant, working across health disciplines to assist other health professionals with patients.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental services which include infection control and clinical cleaning of patient areas
  • Food services
  • Patient service assistant (PSA),
  • Ward support,
  • Patient handling and transport.

Pathway to further studies

  • Theatre Technician Specialisation (3 additional units)
  • HLT37215 Certificate III in Pathology collection
  • HLT43015 Certificate IV Allied Health Assistance
  • CHC33015 Certificate III in Individual support
  • CHC43415 Certificate IV in Leisure and Health
  • HLT54121 Diploma of Nursing

Studying the Certificate III in Health Services Assistance at Holmesglen

The course is delivered at our Moorabbin campus and will provide you with comprehensive training to perform essential services such as patient transport and movement, food services, maintaining beds, infection control and critical cleaning.<p>All units are taught by our experienced teaching team who maintain their industry currency within the hospital and healthcare industry. <p>Your learning will be supported through a range of classes, online activities and tutorials. Practical sessions are conducted in our state-of-the-art allied health facility, with simulated hospital and operating theatre environments.<p>At the end of the course, students will need to undertake a compulsory two-week industry placement arranged through the Holmesglen Clinical Placement Office. <p>Placements aim to give students the opportunity to complete assessments in the workplace as well as provide industry-specific work experience. <p>This experience is an opportunity to both solidify training undertaken at Holmesglen as well as improve students' chances of finding employment upon completion of the course.

Entry Requirements

Prior to enrolment or commencement of training, students will be required to complete a literacy and numeracy assessment (BKSB test) and a pre-training interview. <p>At this face-to-face interview, students will be asked a number of questions including some contextualised questions regarding the course. The BKSB test results, in conjunction with the interview, assists with determining the prospective student's suitability for the course and to identify any learning support needs.
Prior to undertaking mandatory clinical placement, students will need to provide their health and immunisation status, complete a National Police Records Check annually and hold a valid Working with Children Check for employees. In order for this to occur, students must be aged at least 18 at course commencement.

Recognition of prior learning

You may be able to reduce the number of units to be studied in your chosen course by measuring skills acquired through work, life experiences or qualifications obtained from formal studies or training. AQF qualifications and statements of attainment issued by another registered training organisation will be recognised by Holmesglen. Read more about Recognition of Prior Learning, Credits and Advanced Standing.

Course Structure


<strong>Timetable</strong><p><strong>February and July Intakes 2024</strong><br>Monday and Tuesday 8am -3pm
Unit code Unit name
HLTINF006 Apply basic principles and practices of infection prevention and control
HLTWHS001 Participate in workplace health and safety
CHCCOM005 Communicate and work in health or community services
BSBMED301 Interpret and apply medical terminology appropriately
HLTAAP001 Recognise healthy body systems
BSBWOR301 Organise personal work priorities and development
CHCDIV001 Work with diverse people
Unit code Unit name
HLTHSS003 Perform general cleaning tasks in a clinical setting
CHCCCS002 Assist with movement
CHCCCS020 Respond effectively to behaviours of concern
CHCCCS026 Transport individuals
HLTFSE001 Follow basic food safety practices
HLTHSS007 Handle medical gases safely
CHCCCS010 Maintain a high standard of service
CHCCCS012 Prepare and maintain beds


Assessments are designed to provide learners with opportunities to demonstrate they have attained the required skills and knowledge using a range of practically based activities and tasks, as required by recognised standards.

How to apply


Click the ‘apply’ button below to get your application started with us. Our friendly Holmesglen team will be in touch to discuss your study opportunities and pre-training requirements.

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Qualification and Recognition

Upon successful completion of the 15 units the learner will receive the HLT33115 Certificate III in Health Services Assistance.

Industry Connections


Tuition fees GST exempt Cost
Full Fee $6,557
Government subsidised $1,558
Concession $312
Free TAFE eligible student FREE

Additional Course Cost

Immunisation confirmation - $0-$500* (price will vary according to individuals) <br>National Police Records Check - $50* <br>Uniform – Holmesglen Unisex Polo, Navy with Holmesglen logo - $45* <br>Employee Working With Children Check - $121.10* <br>Textbook: Chabner. D.(2017) Medical Terminology: A Short Course 9th Ed - $62* <br>Slip Resistant Shoes (if required) - $140* <br>*Please note prices are an estimate only and subject to change

All fees are indicative only. Your fees will be calculated on your individual circumstances at the time of enrolment. Training is delivered with Victorian and Commonwealth funding. <a href="/study-with-us/tafe-study/tafe-fees-and-scholarships/government-subsidised-training">Find out now if you are eligible for Government-subsidised fees or Concession. </a>


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